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r3-2016-1024hRichard III By William Shakespeare
Directed by Stephanie Buck

Shakespeare Royal Oak favorite Michael Brian Ogden returns as the scheming Richard III in this Thrones-style outdoor evening show.

Performance dates:
Thursday, July 28, 8:00 pm
Friday, July 29, 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 30, 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 31, 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 4, 8:00 pm
Friday, August 5, 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 6, 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 7, 5:00 pm

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12Night2016-1024hTwelfth Night By William Shakespeare Directed by Nancy Kammer

Our fun daylight show is a family friendly version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, 12th Night.

Great for the whole family, Twelfth Night runs about 90 minutes, including an intermission.

Performance dates:
Saturday, July 30, 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 31, 2:00 pm
Tuesday, August 2, 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 6, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 7, 2:00 pm

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Tempest2016-1024hWater Works Youth Ensemble presents
The Tempest By William Shakespeare Directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates

Performance dates:
Saturday, July 30, 11:00 am
Sunday, July 31, 11:00 am
Monday, August 1, 7:00 pm

Tickets: Pay what you will.

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Award-winning director and Water Works veteran, Frannie Shepherd-Bates returns as Education Director for KidsAct! and Water Works Youth Ensemble. Register Today! >



There are many ways to support Water Works Theatre Company. You can advertise in our program, volunteer your time or expertise, become a sponsor or make a financial donation. It all ensures that this community jewel continues. Find out how you can help >



Learn more about Water Works Theatre Company: our beginnings, our passion and our future. Tell me the story >



Have questions about your Shakespeare Royal Oak experience? We have the answers. Get the FAQs >



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It’s time to start thinking about summer, and that means KidsAct!

This six-day learning experience for students entering grades 1-8 offers instruction in Shakespeare, stage combat, dance, and comedic improvisation from highly qualified, professional teaching artists. Students will have the opportunity to perform in an hour-long showcase to be presented for friends and family in Starr Jaycee Park.

Performance date:
August 6, 11:00 am

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Water Works Youth Ensemble

WWYE logo finalNow entering its sixth year with a new name, Water Works Youth Ensemble, our extraordinary high school-age outdoor experience, is taking on a new challenge. Last year, our high school students auditioned for, performed, and produced a full-fledged production of Romeo and Juliet in the Park – and this year we’re going to do the same, but WITH more rehearsal time for an even more invigorating performance.

This year’s play will be The Tempest.

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Ways to Support Water Works Theatre

Best Kept Secret

Some say Water Works is the area’s best kept cultural secret. But the truth is that since 2001 Water Works has presented the biggest and best outdoor professional Shakespeare festival in Michigan. We’re proud to say that we have inspired many other groups to pop up around the state, and we encourage their legacy.  Yet we still offer your family the highest quality, affordable cultural experience anywhere.  From our friendly atmosphere and first rate performances, to our top-notch education programs, we guarantee you will love your time in the park with us.

Help Us This Year

It’s all close to home in a beautiful park in two perfect midsummer weeks. But we need YOU to help keep the dream alive. Think about it: when you go to Stratford, see a Broadway play or even a touring show downtown, you will easily spend more than double Water Works’ ticket prices. Not to mention all the travel, dining and parking.

We’re asking you to help us make up the difference between what we charge our audience, and what it really takes to do it right.

Spread the Word!

  • Recommend us to your company for sponsorship
  • Bring a group to the show. Call 248.399.3727 if your group is ten (10) or more!
  • Make a tax deductible donation.
  • Promote us on Facebook and other social media.
  • Please help this wonderful local jewel of the arts. Together we can make 2014 our biggest and best year ever! Thank you!


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Caught the bug? Water Works puts interns and community-minded volunteers to work and they enjoy the fun too. From marketing, signage, hospitality to ushering and even backstage jobs, we have it all. Let us know what area interests you, and we’ll find a fit! Just send us an e-mail and we’ll get back to you!

Sponsorship Opportunities

For two weeks in the park, Water Works expects to impact 3500+ patrons to our ticketed theatre events. Over 50 professional artists and teachers are employed, and 80 to 100 local families enjoy the excitement of our outdoor education programs. Each year we also offer growth opportunities for 6 interns beyond high school.

While Water Works collects audience feedback to measure satisfaction and assist us in our future programming decisions, we do not directly solicit age and address information from our patrons. Our experience since 2001 has shown us, however, that our audience is culturally diverse, generally with (or pursuing) higher education, geographically central to Royal Oak, with high awareness of the arts and appreciation for community quality of life issues.  We see significant long term loyalty in our audiences, and in families in our education programs.  For most of those who come to be entertained, to be educated, or to work at their craft here, Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak has become a valued annual tradition.

Share Water Works’ commitment to keeping professional Shakespeare in this community by financially sponsoring our production. Please contact Water Works Theatre Company at 248.399.3727 or email us for sponsorships of $500.00 or more. We want to make the most of your support. Thank you!


Online donations are gratefully accepted. Please also contact Water Works Theatre Company at 248.399.3727 or email us for donation information.